Wise Webinar a Day Series:
Integrating Race: Applying a Racial Equity Lens to the Disability Field with Cecilia Alejandra Borges Farfán, Johnson Bách Nguyễn, and María De Los Ángeles Jimenez-Zepeda
The need to integrate race into the disability field has become more and more urgent. Last year, Wise engaged the UW Evans School to conduct research on strategies that nonprofits, governments, and Wise’s partner service providers have used to integrate racial equity into their work. Our presenters will share their experience researching the intersections of race, organizational culture, and disability; regional opinions on its place in the disability field; and organizational strategies to retain more employees of color, engage communities of color, and create a more inclusive workplace.
Learning Objectives (Info, tools, and skills attendees will receive):
- Survey of organizational strategies to promote racial equity
- Introduction to barriers and challenges for people of color with disabilities
- Survey of current attitudes and opinions on racial equity in the disability field across the Pacific NorthWest region (Wise service area)
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Cecilia joined ORS in February 2019, bringing along seven years of immigration law experience in the private sector. She has extensive case management experience and is an effective communicator, deep listener, and collaborator. She has a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.
Cecilia is originally from Campeche, Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her family outdoors.
Johnson works as an environmental planner at King County – Wastewater Treatment Division. In his work, he uses project management principles to develop suites of concepts that best utilize public dollars to maximize water quality improvements. He primarily works on the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Program, where he supports development of CSO infrastructure projects, green stormwater infrastructure, and coordinates a regional coalition of green infrastructure professionals. Johnson’s commitment to environmental health is only matched by his commitment to his community. His definition of public service centers the wants and needs of its constituents, and he continuously pushes to bring their voices to the table.
Johnson brings over seven years of experience organizing in immigrant and refugee communities, and currently serves on the City of Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission, as well as the Board of Kandelia (formerly the Vietnamese Friendship Association). He also received his Master of Public Administration degree from the Evans School (where he met his good friends Maria and Cecilia) and was originally born in Sai Gon, Vietnam.
Maria is a Reduced Fare Project/Program Manager at King County Metro, where she uses an equity framework in conducting data analysis and developing programs to make Metro’s reduced fare programs more affordable and accessible for all riders.
In her personal time, Maria serves as a co-chair for the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission and as a partner of the Education Collective Action Team at Social Venture Partners. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.